Are your smoke detectors in Queensland compliant with new legislation? The deadline, 1 January 2022, is fast approaching for all landlords in Queensland to install new smoke alarms for improved safety. Owner Occupiers will have until 2027 to make the change. This new legislation was prompted by the Slacks Creek house fire in 2011 that claimed the lives of 11 people. Authorities have since been urging residents to improve their fire safety practices in the home to prevent further tragedies.
How To Stay Within The Law
Here is a closer look at how compliance with state fire regulations and high-quality smoke detectors in Queensland can save the lives of tenants and loved ones.
According to the new safety laws:
-All smoke alarms must be interconnected, so when one alarm goes off, all the alarms in the house will go off, creating greater awareness.
-Smoke alarms must be photoelectric, as these are more effective at picking up smoke signals and allow quicker response time. Photoelectric smoke alarms also have no radioactive material and have been highly recommended by the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.
-There must be a smoke alarm in every hallway and bedroom and on each level of a home.
Landlords and people selling their homes must make these changes by 1 January 2022, and owner occupiers have until January 2027 to install interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms under the new requirements. However, for best safety practice, all smoke detectors in Queensland must be replaced every ten years or as soon as a fault is noticed. So if your smoke detector is already more than ten years old or showing signs of damage, don’t wait for the deadline – make an appointment with a smoke alarm specialist in your area right away.
Smoke alarm upgrades and maintenance inspections are extremely useful in ensuring your alarm’s battery health and the safety of your family and belongings. Remember that introducing this legislation aims to prevent fire-related tragedies like the one in Slacks Creek because fires spread rapidly, and the best chance of escape is early smoke detection.
Smoke Alarm Specialists QLD
Whether you are a landlord wanting to safely meet the 2022 deadline or a homeowner needing a smoke alarm upgrade, you can contact Pacific Smoke Alarms for professional, expert service. We are specialists in installing and testing smoke detectors in Queensland and surrounding areas and have been providing accredited, cost-effective solutions to families and business owners for years. Contact us today to get started.